Elizabeth Gaither

 

 

Elizabeth Gaither has had a career span as a professional ballerina for 22 years. She began her earlier ballet studies with her mother, Gloria Gaither in Miami Florida. While studying with her mother she received three years of high honors in the Royal Academy of Dance Examinations. She then continued her ballet training at the Houston Ballet Academy, joining Houston Ballet Company at the age of 15. After dancing with Houston Ballet for 5 seasons Ms. Gaither decided to follow her dream of wanting to dance with American Ballet Theatre. She was able to live out her dream and joined the company for nine incredible seasons. During her time there she toured the world, danced on the Metropolitan House stage regularly and performed many wonderful and special roles. She then decided to keep moving forward in her career and explore what else was out there for her to experience in the ballet world. After being contacted by The Washington Ballet she was offered a Principal Dancer position and was ready to take on a new city, a new company and continue learning and growing from those around her. Ms.Gaither danced with Washington Ballet for eight amazing seasons...

 

 

During the course of her career she has performed numerous roles such as Giselle and Zulma in Giselle, the pas de deux girl in Fancy Free, Princess Florentine, Puss N Boots, and Silver Fairy from The Sleeping Beauty, Clara, Snow Queen and Sugar Plum in the Nutcracker, Cygnets and Polish Princess in Swan Lake, Mercedes and Amor from Don Quixote, Demi Soloist in George Balanchine's Theme and Variations, Symphony Concertante and Symphony in C as well as Russian Girl and Dark Angel in his Serenade and Titania and Helena in his A Midsummer Night's Dream, Peasblosson fairy in Sir Frederick Ashton's The Dream, Swanilda in Coppelia, Juliet from Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Spring Fairy and Summer Fairy in Cinderella, The Sylph in La Sylphide, Daisy in The Great Gatsby, the lead in Forsythe's In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, Jerome Robbins' In the Night, Nacho Duato's Na Floresta, Christopher Wheeldon's Morphoses and There Where She Loved, Mark Morris' Gong, Drink to Me only with Thine and Eyes and Pacific, Paul Taylor's Black Tuesday, Lar Lubovitch's Meadow, Othello, Artemis, and My Funny Valentin, Twyla Tharp's In The Upper Room, Backer's Dozen, Sinatra Suite and Push Comes to Shove, the lead in Nicolo Fonte's Bolero as well as one of the main pas de deux's that was premiered and created on her in Edwaard Liang's Wunderland.  Ms.Gaither has also been Edwaard Liang's repetiteur for some of his works.

 

 

Elizabeth was a finalist in the Jackson International Ballet Competition in 1990 and placed fourth in the world in the junior division  at age 16 and won the Amilita Hoffman Award.

She has been in the PBS American Ballet Theatre filmings of Le Corsaire and  Sir Frederick Aston's The Dream as well as had a dancing role in The movie Center Stage.

 

 

Another passion of Ms.Gaither's during the course of her career has been yoga. In 2007 she became a certified teacher in vinyasa yoga and has been teaching yoga ever since. She really enjoys sharing and helping others to improve their lives through the power of yoga, meditation and movement.

 

 

Since her retirement from the stage in 2012 Elizabeth has been teaching ballet, yoga and coaching students as well as professional dancers. She is loving being able to pass on her years of experience, knowledge and her passion for this art form, to help other artists grow and improve. There is no greater reward then to be able to give back to the world of ballet and it's striving artists and help them on their journey. Ms.Gaither is the honored and proud wife of Professional Art photographer and multimedia producer Theo Kossenas. And is the Artistic Director of their joint creation called media4artists. The dynamic duo love working together and collaborating on many creative photography and multimedia projects.